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Poppy & Rye
illus. by Brian Floca
Harper Collins, 1998
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Poppy & Rye

Heartbroken over the death of her fiance, Ragweed, Poppy, a deer mouse, journeys west through the vast Dimwood Forest to bring the sad news to Ragweed's family. But Poppy and her prickly porcupine pal, Ereth, arrive only to discover that beavers have flooded the serene valley where Ragweed lived. Together Poppy and Ragweed's brother Rye brave kidnapping, imprisonment, and a daring rescue to fight the beavers. At the same time, Rye—who has lived in Ragweed's shadow—fights to prove himself worthy of Poppy's love.

Behind the Book

Avi writes: At the very end of Poppy—the first book I wrote in the Poppy Series, there is a jump ahead in her life where we learn, briefly, that Poppy is married and has a husband named Rye. How that came about, I wrote then, is “Another Story.”

I must have had some story in mind because I would never have set that down. But—over the next few years I forgot that story. Instead—three years later—I created a whole new story that became Poppy and Rye.

Sometimes I wonder what that first story was. Oh, well. This is a good one.


“The battle against the beavers is exciting: Rye is captured sneaking into the beavers’ lodge and held prisoner; Poppy makes her way by raft to the lodge and enters through a vent hole and almost drowns as she escapes. As he took on the politics of power in Poppy, Avi here tackles the advance of progress for the sake of progress, no matter the consequences. … Poppy's fans will welcome her return and cheer her on in her new adventure.” (Booklist)

Awards and Honors

Children’s choice nominee, Vermont
Children’s choice nominee, Illinois
Children’s choice nominee, Pennsylvania
Children’s choice nominee, New Mexico
Children’s choice nominee, Iowa

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